SDCC Schedule

San Diego Comic Con is finally here, and this year I’m not only attending — I’m sharing a booth with some other amazing women (like romance novelist and comic book writer, Anne Elizabeth).  You’ll be able to find me at #2201 for most of the week, and I’ll be having daily giveaways of my novels and the SDCC exclusive print edition of my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

Here’s my schedule, as of now.  I’ll also make daily updates via Twitter.

WEDNESDAY – PREVIEW NIGHT!

I’ll be signing at Booth #2201 and giving away my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

FRIDAY:

11:00 AM – BOOTH #1028: MARJORIE LIU, ANTON STROUT & SEANAN MCGUIRE / Penguin Booth Signing — I’ll be signing copies of The Iron Hunt.

SATURDAY:

10:30-11:30 AM: FANTASTIC FEMALES: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy (Room 8)
These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), S.J. Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats.

I’ll be signing right after the panel at AA09 in the Sails Pavilion, from 12:00-1:00 PM

SUNDAY:

11:00am – 12:30pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins of Good Readers
How important is reading at an early age? Panelists will demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom and the benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings. They include New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University),New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Secret Origin of Good Readers free 70+ page companion resource book PDF and reading lists at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.

12:30- 1:30 pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins Kids Club
A beginners introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids! New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) present a variety of comic book selections. Kids get free comic books to keep at the end of the panel.

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Room 23ABCSuperheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron).

Happy 4th of July!

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Took a quick trip up to Montreal, then went to California for a week-long workshop at VONA where I taught Popular Fiction to ten amazing writers.  I’ll be talking about that in another post.  Right now, I’m just catching up on work and emails.

Boston celebrated the 4th of July last night — there’s a storm moving in, and it’s supposed to be bad — so the festivities were rushed.  Actually, they were rushed even more than we realized, because the first wave of the storm hit us last night.  We still got to see the fireworks, though.  They were beautiful.  I have not seen a light show like that since I was a little girl, watching them at Long Wood Gardens outside Philadelphia.

And then, twenty minutes of wonderment later, it was done.  We were all sweaty and happy, and started the walk home.

Less than ten minutes later, the rain hit.

Now, as soon as fireworks stopped, we began seeing the lightning.  It seemed pretty far away, but who wants to be out in a storm?  We could take a hint.  We just didn’t expect the downpour.   Like, for real.  It was something out of a movie, or biblical apocalypse.  The sky opened and the waters fell from the heavens in one immense sideways slam.  In seconds I was soaked to the bone.  I might as well have jumped into a swimming pool, that’s how wet I got.

It was also amazing.  The most fun ever, running home in that crazy, crazy rain.  Hello, 4th of July, and the spirit of the unexpected.

I hope your holiday is equally joyful, and full of adventure and fun.

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Speaking Event – Berkeley, CA

Well, this is a last minute annoucement, but tomorrow (Thursday, June 26th) I’ll be participating in a group reading at Berkeley City College (2050 Center Street, Berkeley), starting at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, but get there early if you want a seat.  Authors will include Junot Diaz, Tananarive Due, David Mura, and many others.  I don’t know if there will be an official signing, but if you bring your books I’ll absolutely sign them.

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Happy Father’s Day!

When I was little my dad would take me fishing at the dock in LaConner (a little town in Washington State).  It was a small dock, at the end of a very busy main street (which I loved because of all the stores that had cats living inside), and he would very carefully string the hooks to my fishing rod, then stand there and teach me how to toss in the line.  We fished for smelt, which don’t bite as much as they just swim past the hooks and attach themselves.

I remember my first catch — amazing, that sharp, jerky tug on the line.  My dad helped me reel it in — and voila!  Dinner.  But it was the time spent with my dad that I remember more than the fish.  My dad, who was always there, always supportive, always the strong unmovable wall.  The best example of honesty, forthrightness, and determination that a child could ever want.  I love my dad very much.  We’ve had so many great adventures over the years (from fishing to walking the Great Wall), and here’s to many more.

Happy Father’s Day, to the best dad of all!

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Feminism is our Superpower

What can I add that hasn’t already been said?  Not much, I suppose. There’s been an amazing symphony of voices on the internet, keeping alive the reality, the truth, that so many would prefer to ignore: that misogyny continues to thrive in every corner of the world.  It is reflected back on us women every day, in a million different ways, and while it’s easy to point the finger at other countries and say, “Look at the way they treat women!” we all must know, deep down, that here in America we put into practice the same patterns of hate and ownership, and entitlement.

A pregnant woman was just stoned to death in Pakistan for marrying a man against her family’s wishes — but that happens here in America, all the time, with just slightly different players.  Google “boyfriend kills pregnant girlfriend” and you’ll see a list of unending deaths.  We read in horror about how rapists in other countries are let off easy by “corrupt authorities”, but what about our legal system?  It’s just as monstrous towards victims of sexual assault.  Check out this imagined, but very real, conversation – what if mugging were treated like rape is in the eyes of the law — found at the @femusingsteam twitter feed:

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No kidding, right?

I’ve made this point before, but I’ll say it again:  there is no line, no law, no border, no culture or religion that separates the women of this world from the horrors of misogyny and patriarchal ideologies.  That guy in Santa Barbara who posted his manifesto about revenge against women?  I’m sorry, but his voice, his message, his internalized belief of entitlement — it is everywhere.

I know, deep down, a very simple truth: that it would be easy for women to lose all their rights in this country, no matter how enlightened we tell ourselves that we are.  I’m sure there are plenty of people who will tell me I’m wrong, that it could never happen, but in this I’d rather be the sharp-eyed pragmatist.  Women only have the right to vote in this country because we fought like hell for it.  We only have what gender equality we have because we fought, and still fight for it.

We still need to fight.  That’s why #YesAllWomen matters. That’s why we can’t stop talking about this, why we can’t stop bearing witness, no matter how many would prefer that we don’t.  Because here, too, our silence equals our deaths.

That’s a hellish thing to say.  But what #YesAllWomen reveals is what we women confront every day.   Our bodies, like our rights, are constantly in jeopardy.  And we cannot ignore that.  We just can’t.  Feminism is not something we should run from or make excuses for.  Feminism is our only tool for saving ourselves and our societies.  Feminism is our superpower.  And we must use that superpower every day and every way we can.  We must always speak out, bearing witness, and in the process build solidarity, build courage, build community, build change — and yes, build hope.

Women are still going to treated like second-class citizens.  We’re still going to be attacked, harassed, violated, raped — but fuck it all, sisters.  I’m going to keep fighting it, and fighting it some more.  I’m going to use my invincible superpower.  Please feel free to do the same.

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